Editor's note: Prior to Harbor Springs City Council elections, we offer readers an opportunity to get to know candidates through a series questions and written responses published here. This year, there are four candidates vying for two, two-year terms on Harbor Springs City Council (five candidates will appear on the ballot; Trisha Witty has, however, resigned from the race). John Cupps, who was appointed to fill the remained of Mick Heinz's term, is the only incumbent running. Cecelia Johnston, Jeff James and Chris Baughman are also running for election. The election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5 in the city of Harbor Springs. Polls are open from 7am to 8pm at City Hall. Results from Tuesday's election will be too late for the print edition of this newspaper but will be posted on www.harborlightnews.com.
John L. Cupps, Sr.
How long have you lived in Harbor Springs (city limits/in area)?
Resident of City of Harbor Springs for 43 years; resident in the area for 69 years.
Worked in the construction business for several years, started Cupps Masonry in 1974.
Has a high school education; has taken Building & Safety classes.
Prior Elected Positions held, if any:
Current Harbor Springs City Council member, appointed to fill term of Mick Heinz
Volunteer leadership positions held:
Baseball games umpire; Football games (Chain Gang) for over 30 years; Harbor Springs Fire Department over 35 years; Planning Commission in the 1970s; Finance officer for the American Legion.
Why are you seeking a seat on the city council (or re-election)?
I was asked to fill in for Mick Heinz when he passed away. I have enjoyed doing it and have learned a lot. I would like to continue.
For the past several years, Harbor Springs has been talking about how to best revitalize, protect, and preserve the city. What are your ideas about how to best accomplish this?
We need to work with the store owners, property owners, boards and commissions and outline with everyone's ideas working together.
When you think about the next two years in Harbor Springs, what key issues or areas of concern pop up in your mind?
Waterfront parks, marina areas, keeping recreation downtown in the parks.
What do you consider to be some of the most important issues facing our region, not just the city?
Jobs for young people, keeping taxes down as much as possible.
If you are elected, what are some of your short and long term goals as a city council member?
Keeping the city inviting for visitors and year round residents.
What else do you want voters to know about you and your philosophies toward city governance?
I grew up in Stutsmanville north of town and moved into town my junior year of high school and lived with the Heinz family until graduation. I enlisted in the army and served three years. I married the former Eleanor Smith 45 years ago and we have resided at our Lake Rd house for 43 years. We have three sons, John, Steve and Matthew, all of whom work for the business. I love the old Harbor Springs and like some of new, but would like to see more year round residents, and low income housing.